At this time of year, all over the state, colorful twinkles appear that bring joy and imagination to kids of all ages. So bundle up, bring some hot cocoa, and warm yourself by a fire as there are plenty of places to enjoy the magic of the holidays.

Western Pennsylvania

Photo by Brian Gallo. Courtesy of Kennywood Park.

Allegheny County: Kennywood Holiday Lights
Boasting over 2 million colorful lights, the Kennywood Holiday Lights display is fun for the whole family in one of America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Parks. Enjoy nightly shows at the lagoon as the lights dance to the sounds of the season. Warm up in the Penny arcade and visit a variety of vendors, sip on a hot chocolate as the kids visit the animals at the petting zoo in Kiddieland, and don’t miss the tallest Christmas tree in the state. Kennywood lights is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights November 22nd through December 22nd and nightly December 26th through the 30th. Visit kennywood.com for ticket information.

Butler County: Shadrack Christmas Wonderland at Big Butler Fairgrounds
Known as the most immersive Christmas drive-through experience on earth, the Shadrack Christmas Wonderland at Big Butler Fairgrounds is the world’s largest drive-through fully synchronized light and music show of its kind. Take the whole family and sync your radio with the show to fully enjoy the lights as they dance in perfect harmony with the music. Shows will be nightly starting from November 15th through January 5th. See them online at shadrackchristmas.com/pittsburgh-pa.

Westmoreland County: Overly’s Country Christmas
Since 1956, Overly’s Country Christmas has been creating life long memories for kids of all ages. Take a break and sing carols around the bonfire. Or explore the model train display, have your picture taken with Santa, take a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride, and shop for gifts in the General Store. Visit overlys.com for more information.

Eastern Pennsylvania

Photo Courtesy of Koziar’s Christmas Village.

Berks County: Koziar’s Christmas Village
Celebrating 72 years of existence, the Koziar’s Christmas Village is more than just one million Christmas lights. It’s three generations worth of history and Christmas tradition. Lighting up the nighttime country sky in Bernville, Pennsylvania, take a walk with your special someone, seven days a week, Thanksgiving through January 1st. For directions, parking, and pricing visit koziarschristmasvillage.com.

Bucks County: Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show
With over 25 years of experience and more than 3 million lights at Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show, you are sure to make some memories. Drive in the comfort of your car on the 2-mile drive or take an open-air wagon ride (weather permitting). Then stop and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and cook up s’mores at a toasty bonfire. Have the little ones get their photo taken with Santa at the Farm Market when they share their secret holiday wishes with him. You can even take the time to pick out your Christmas tree if you so desire. Visit them online at shadybrookfarm.com/holiday-light-show.

Chester County: A Longwood Christmas
Punctuate your holiday season with a visit to A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens in Chester County. Explore the illuminated trees, glowing orbs, and shimmering tunnel of lights as you walk along the outdoor paths of garden. Enjoy music and lights as they dance to the sounds of the season at the Main Fountain Garden and by the Large Lake. This attraction is in high demand, so it is recommended that you book your tickets early at longwoodgardens.com.

Photo Courtesy of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts.

Dauphin County: Hershey Sweet Lights and Christmas Candylane
Experience the two-mile wooded drive at the chocolate capital of the world in Hersheypark. With more than 600 animated light displays, it’s the holidays done the Hershey way. Or go on foot and take in a nightly show at the Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. With over 4 million lights choreographed to all your favorite holiday classics, it’s sure to put you in the holiday spirit. The Hershey fun is available most days between November 15th and December 30th. For more information, visit hersheypark.com.

Lancaster County: Dutch Winter Wonderland
Through December 30th Dutch Wonderland has royally invited everyone to enjoy the Dutch Winter Wonderland. Including rides, entertainment and the Royal Light Show. The Royal Light Show showcases thousands of flashing lights choreographed to music every 15 minutes. Don’t forget to let the kids to visit Santa and bring the spirit of Christmas to life. Visit dutchwonderland.com/winterwonderland to find out more about the exciting experience for kids of all ages.

Philadelphia County: Macy’s Christmas Light Show
A Philadelphia tradition since 1956, the Macy’s Christmas Light Show in the historic Wannamaker Building is a spectacular display of over 100,000 lights. Attracting visitors of all ages, this display begins daily at noon, November 29th through December 31st. The finale of the light show is accompanied by live festive music played on the world-renowned Wanamaker Grand Organ.

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Jason Krysinski is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania. He’s been in hotel management for 18 years. He’s passionate about writing, food, history, and travel. Writing for Pinpoint unifies all of his passions. He’s always looking to discover new and off the beaten path locations throughout the state. If you have any suggestions, email him at jason@pinpointpennsylvania.com